Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink linked with a move to Oxford United

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 June 2017, 09:53

Oxford United will still be coming to terms with the disappointing departure of their popular boss Michael Appleton who decided to call it quits and join forces with Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City (as his assistant), but the club will be determined to go on and find the right man to take them forward.

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Appleton enjoyed three successful seasons with the U's who narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs last season, after winning promotion to the division in 2016.

A number of names have already been thrown into the mix for the post, including U's coaches Andy Whing and Chris Allen, assistant manager Derek Fazackerley and former Penang boss Ashley Westwood, but it's the presence of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink that really catches the eye.

Oxford chairman Darryl Eales craves Championship football at the Kassam Stadium, and Hasselbaink (10/1) could well be the man to deliver on this front.

Hasselbaink, a former QPR and Burton boss, has been looking for a return to management since losing his job at Loftus Road back in November, and earlier this month he was linked with the likes of Leeds and Middlesbrough.

The Dutchman previously led Burton into League One and then set the foundations for the club's second successive promotion up into the Championship (he left the club mid-way through that season in order to take charge of QPR).

The 45-year-old may not have enjoyed the best of times with the R's, but he'll have learnt from the experience and will now be gunning for a fresh challenge...but will this be with Oxford...?

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